The 2nd Amendment is not about hunting and the type of guns that should or should not be allowed to be carried by hunters. As Beck pointed out, the founders did not sit around and decide to put in this critical amendment to keep the hunters happy. Adkins did not hesitate to say it was to protect against government tyranny.
It's not a long amendment so lets break it down in the language of the day. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Key words are linked to the 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language. (Get in the habit of studying with this dictionary and you will gain better insight into the intent of the founders.)
The militia are not regular military but instead are citizens free to pursue their usual occupations yet when called upon for defense they gather their arms and answer the call. Pay attention to the fact the founders were referring to the militia of a country. Those who insisted this be an amendment to the Constitution understood a state to be, as the 1828 dictionary and other historical documents of the day support, an independent nation. The 2nd Amendment was in place to remind the newly formed federal or general government each state's citizenry would be armed and ready to defend themselves should the need arise. The United States was a plural term, one nation was not formed.
If the founders had no concern the federal government could grow tyrannical there would have been no reason for them to put in the 2nd Amendment as part of the contract being formed between the sovereign states and the newly formed, limited federal government. Tyranny was a major concern since the founders knew the habit of man was a habit of seeking power and authority over their fellow man. The rights of citizens of a nation to keep and bear arms was necessary!
This is only one example of the many ways our Constitution was crafted to protect the people from an out of control government should it attempt to break the chains of the Constitution. It was, as a whole, developed so the people could control government, not the other way around. Armed militia, citizens of a country, were to defend against tyranny.
There is no doubt how serious our founding fathers were about this line of armed defense. The last four words shout their seriousness. They did not say may or should not be infringed. The declaration that it shall not be is absolute. Infringed meant the right was never to be broken, violated, or transgressed. It does not matter what precedent has been established by any court since the time this amendment was ratified. Any ruling that breaks, violates, or transgresses this right is unconstitutional and citizens of a nation have a right to keep and bear arms. Why is something so simple so hard to understand?
Because many of our political critters and special interest groups want it to be. Don't get fooled by their rhetoric. Just study our history and our founding documents word by word for the true intent and arm yourself with knowledge to defend against their lies and misguided precedent!
Remember our history, not our modern traditions that are moving us toward representative democracy. Here is some recommended reading to help begin the stirring of our memory. Study these with friends and family as if you were studying the scriptures of your religion or the stats of your favorite sports team.
1828 Webster's Dictionary (learn the language of the founders)
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2008 by Gary Wood
Columnist, radio show host, and co-founder of Hear My Thunder.